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Hit By An Uninsured Or Underinsured Motorist? Call Our Law Firm

If you were hurt in a car accident, call Colin

All drivers in Washington are required to carry auto insurance. This insurance provides compensation for victims of car accidents. But despite the law, some drivers in the state don't carry enough insurance - or any at all. The Scott Law Firm, PLLC helps people who have been injured by uninsured or underinsured motorists.

If you were injured in an accident, the medical expenses can add up quickly. You may also be unable to work because of your injuries, resulting in lost income. You may have to repair or replace your car. When the driver who caused the accident is uninsured or underinsured, you can be left paying the costs.

That's not right. Car accident attorney Colin Scott can help you explore all options for recovering compensation when you are injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.

All motorists in the state of Washington are required to carry the below minimum amounts of insurance:

  • $25,000 per single injured person
  • $50,000 total for injuries per accident
  • $10,000 for property damage

The problem is that damage totals can easily exceed those amounts in a single accident. This can leave you and others underinsured. And if a motorist doesn't have any insurance at all, this leaves accident victims uninsured for their losses.

If your accident was caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, one option is to try recover compensation from the negligent driver's assets. The problem is that in reality, many uninsured and underinsured motorists don't have assets (which explains why they couldn't afford to have auto insurance to begin with). And even if you obtain a judgment against the other driver, there is no guarantee the other motorist will be able to pay it.

Our goal is to get the best possible outcome

Another option is to always carry uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM and UIM) protection on your motor vehicle insurance policy. This coverage is not required in the state of Washington, but insurers are required to offer it as an option. As a general rule, here at the Scott Law Firm, PLLC, we always advise our clients to add UIM protection to their policy if they don't already have it.

But what if you don't have this protection and have been in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist? Attorney Colin Scott will thoroughly review all other possible options available to you.

For example, the negligent driver may be covered under an employer's or family member's insurance policy. In some cases, a third party may also be held liable for the accident, such as a vehicle manufacturer or government entity. Colin will also investigate to see if your insurance company offered you UM and UIM coverage, since oftentimes this can be an additional source of coverage.

We can help you explore your options

Our firm is focused on helping accident victims get appropriate financial compensation for their injuries. In cases involving uninsured or underinsured motorists, that can be challenging. That is why here at The Scott Law Firm, PLLC, we regularly explore all available insurance coverages, which helps to maximize the recovery our clients receive. If we accept your case and there is inadequate insurance to cover your damages, Colin can explore these options further with you.

If you were injured in an accident involving an uninsured or underinsured driver, talk to a car accident attorney as soon as possible. The clock is ticking and if you wait too long to settle your claim or file a lawsuit, your ability to seek compensation for your injuries may be lost forever.

Learn more about how a car accident attorney can help. Schedule a free consultation with Colin by calling 360-718-3640 or contacting us online. Colin can answer your questions and review your options on an individual, case-by-case basis.

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